As a cat parent, you’ve probably heard of the benefits of spaying your feline family member lots of times already. And chances are one of the things you’ve heard is that spaying can help prevent cancer in cats.
So is this really true? Make sure you read on because we’re going to get to the fact of the matter as we go along.
Let’s have a quick look at the signs of cat cancer first so you will have a checklist of the things to look out for. Spotting these indicators as early as possible can help you deal with this serious disease the right way.
Signs of Cancer in Cats
There are key signs that your feline family member may be suffering from cat cancer. They may not be easily perceived by giving your pet a quick visual once over, but you’ll have a much easier time recognizing them once you know what to look for.
Although these indicators may be rather tricky to detect given a cat’s inherent ability to conceal any pain or discomfort, you can still pull the whole thing off by keeping the following in mind:
Sudden weakness and lethargy
Unexpected weight loss
Loss of appetite
Sudden appearance of bumps
Difficulty urinating or defecating
Appearance of discharge or bleeding
Strange and unpleasant body odors
If you’re looking to get in on a more detailed article about the signs of cancer in cats, just click here.
The Irregular Production of Sex Hormones can Potentially Trigger Cancer in Cats
While the exact cause of feline cancer is still unknown, some factors are theorized to significantly increase a cat’s chances of developing this health problem. One of these factors is the irregular and excessive production of sex hormones in female cats.
While it’s normal for female felines to produce sex hormones like progesterone and estrogen in their growth and development, not to mention having estrus or heat cycles and reproductive capabilities, having an overabundance of the same can already lead to negative effects.
Apart from being at risk of developing cysts, a female cat with excessive sex hormones could also be vulnerable to granulosa cell tumors—although rare—can still progress into ovarian cancer.
And this is where spaying plays a crucial role in helping keep feline cancers at bay…
How Spaying Restrains Irregular Sex Hormone Production in Female Cats
At its simplest, spaying involves removing the uterus and ovaries of a female cat. This completely shuts down her body’s ability to produce progesterone and estrogen, which also deactivates her heat cycles in the process.
What’s really interesting is that repeated heat cycles without actual fertilization of a female cat’s egg cells results in a considerable surplus of these sex hormones in her system. Hence, a female cat’s susceptibility to cancer, particularly those affecting the reproductive system, tends to become higher with each heat cycle.
The most common types of cancer in unspayed cats are ovarian or uterine cancer, as well as feline breast cancer.
Other Benefits of Spaying your Female Kitty
Besides helping keep cancer in cats at bay, spaying your feline family member also has some other key benefits. These are as follows:
Spaying eliminates your female cat’s desire to roam and look for mates when she’s in heat
You won’t have to deal with random (not to mention extra pungent) territorial sprayings in and around your home
Spaying helps do away with unwanted aggression, which can lead to sudden biting and scratching
Stray tomcats won’t also be camping out in your patio or yard in the hopes of getting it on with your kitty
Boosting Immunity to keep Cancer in Cats in Check
Your pet’s immune system response is critical when it comes to preventing diseases and other health problems. The sturdier her immune system health is, the more resilient she’ll become in fending off illnesses.
Unlike what a lot of people mistakenly think, there are natural strategies to boost your feline family member’s immune system. One of these is by including TONICPET #4 in your home pet care ensemble.
TONICPET #4 is designed to help support your cat’s immune system response by enhancing the circulation of oxygen in all parts of the body. Apart from having a natural anti-inflammatory effect on the system, this product also uses a gentle holistic approach that guarantees no adverse side effects.
A Final Word
Yes, spaying does help prevent cancer in cats and it also has a lot of other benefits, too. And while we’re at it, don’t forget to properly build up your pet’s immune system health so she won’t be an easy target for health issues sooner or later.
Make sure you contact us if you have a question about this topic or would just like to chat about how to maximize pet homeopathy to give your feline family member the quality of life you’ve always wanted. We’re looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Naturally with you and your pet, every step of the way!
HOMEOPATH & CO-FOUNDER OF ZUMALKA
Suzie Cyrenne has dedicated more than 20 years of her life in making and improving natural animal health solutions in the global setting.
Being the co-founder of Zumalka, Suzie is a forerunner in enhancing the lives of pets through natural and homeopathic options using the knowledge she has gained from the Classical Homeopathy School in Quebec.
Besides immersing herself in books, personal development and visiting new places, Suzie also enjoys keeping herself in tiptop shape by snowboarding and taking daily hikes with her husband and Zumalka co-founder, Matt Lessard, and their Golden-Doodle, Westin.